Non-profits such as the Peace Corps have seen a major upswing in applications recently. A big reason for the newfound popularity of these organizations is the rise of the second, or encore career for older Americans. Such careers are often undertaken after someone retires from their job. Encore careers can help pay the bills, especially for people who lost money in the recession. An equally important aspect of these second careers is that they allow people to give back.
Another factor credited for making non-profits hot again is President Obama. With his consistent message on the importance of service and his push for service legislation, President Obama and “the Obama effect” are cited as a big part of the reason for Peace Corp application submissions being up over 40% from a year ago. Whatever the reason, it’s good to see Americans increasingly looking to making a difference in their communities and the world as a whole.